The Magnificent Ambersons

The Magnificent Ambersons

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The rise and fall of a prominent Hoosier family centers around the life and experiences of George Amberson Menafer, a spoiled young man

Blackwell North Amer
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The protagonist of Booth Tarkington's great historical drama is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of developers, financiers, and manufacturers, this pampered scion begins his gradual descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the working class.

Today The Magnificent Ambersons is best known through the 1942 Orson Welles movie, but as the critic Stanley Kauffmann noted, "It is high time that [the novel] appear again, to stand outside the force of Welles's genius, confident in its own right."

"The Magnificent Ambersons is perhaps Tarkington's best novel," judged Van Wyck Brooks. "[It is] a typical story of an American family and town--the great family that locally ruled the roost and vanished virtually in a day as the town spread and darkened into a city. This novel no doubt was a permanent page in the social history of the United States, so admirably conceived and written was the tale of the Ambersons, their house, their fate and the growth of the community in which they were submerged in the end."

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The rise and fall of a prominent Hoosier family centers around the life and experiences of George Amberson Menafer, a spoiled young man, in a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, first published in 1918. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1998
Edition: 1998 Modern Library paperback edition
ISBN: 9780375752506
Branch Call Number: FIC Tarkington, B 1998
Characteristics: vii, 268 pages ; 20 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 18.0 28457


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IndyPL_MikeH Nov 16, 2018

Amberson family lifestyle changes in "Woodruff Place" (yeah, we all know it's Woodruff Place!) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Jan 05, 2016

One of the best books I have ever read. At first, it seems to be a story about an arrogant child growing up and becoming and insufferable adult. But It is so much more than this. It is a story about choices and how they can shape your life forever. It is a story about love; the love of a doting mother for her son, the love of a father for his daughter, or the love of a woman for a man. Most of all, it is a story about forgiveness, for none of us are perfect.

athompson10 Dec 18, 2015

The downfall of a family and its fortune in three generations. Well written and stars one of the most unpleasant, arrogant, selfish characters in fiction.

Sep 06, 2012

Bookclub read Sept 2012


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